Tips and techniques for teaching English for Specific Purposes

Improve your efficiency, effectiveness and profitability.

Who should attend

This two-day course is designed for teachers who want to be brought up-to-date about the latest techniques for teaching business English and ESP. The participants will have an initial teaching qualification (eg CELTA) and at least three years teaching experience; ideally they will also have an initial business English teaching qualification such as LCCI’s FTBE, or the Trinity Cert IBET. The focus is on methodology for teaching in-work ESP classes, and an important element in the course is the discussion and sharing of ideas and experience. If you are not sure about your eligibility to attend the course, feel free to contact Evan Frendo, the course trainer. 


The course aims to

  • - bring you up-to-date as to what is “hot” in the world of teaching ESP,
  • - provide a forum in which to share knowledge and increase expertise,
  • - give you lots of practical techniques which you can use in your own ESP classroom.

About the trainer

Evan Frendo, BSc (Mech Eng), LCCI Dip TEB, MSc TESPnnglish.biz

Evan worked as a mechanical engineer for 11 years before moving into TEFL in 1993. Now based in Berlin, he works as a freelance trainer, teacher trainer, consultant and author, travelling widely in Europe and Asia to run courses and give talks. He has extensive experience in the teaching of ESP and business English, and has developed courses and in-house materials for a number of corporate clients as well as TEFL organisations. He has also authored or co-authored various course books over the years, including English for Accounting (Cornelsen 2003 / OUP, 2007), the Double Dealing Series of course books (Summertown, 2004-2006), Working in Asia (Cornelsen, 2010), English for Construction 1 & 2 and English for the Oil and Gas Industry 1 & 2 (Pearson, 2010-2012). His methodology books include the popular How to teach Business English (Pearson, 2005), which is used in teacher training courses all over the world, as well as the more recent New Ways in Teaching Business English (TESOL, 2014), which he co-edited with Clarice Chan, and How to Write Corporate Training Materials (ELT Teacher 2 Writer, 2014). Visit his blog “English for the Workplace” to find out more.

Key information

Dates: 21-22 June, 2015
Location: Rubin Hotel Budapest

Price: 190 Euros / 59 000 HUF for BESIG and IATEFL-Hungary members
220 Euros for non-members

Register HERE

Course outline

The course is in two parts. The pre-course element includes a short video to introduce the course, and a pre-course reading package. This will be followed up with a short call via telephone or Skype with each participant to discuss the course outline and expectations. The face-to-face element consists of two days in the classroom. The course programme is attached.





Day One

09:00 -09:3 0

Introduct ions

Meet the other participants on the course over a cup of tea or coffee.

09:30 – 10:30

The language of the workplace

An introduction to workplace discourse, English as a lingua franca, workplace genres, discourse communities, communities of practice - basically a discussion about the language our learners need to be able to use.

11:00 - 12:30

Needs analysis

Needs analysis is fundamental to what we do. In this session we will focus on techniques which will allow us to better establish our learners’ priorities. These will include questionnaires, anecdote circles, analysing workplace processes, and task based assessment.

14:00 – 15:30

Teaching lexis

ESP is about language, and lexis is a key element. We will look at what we mean by “specific” lexis, concepts such as collocation and colligation, and some activities which we can use to teach it.

16:00 – 17:30

Using corpora

Corpus analysis software is now easily available and very user-friendly. The focus here is on exploiting tools such as Wordsmith 6 and Lextutor, as well as online corpora such as COCA and HKCSE, not only to inform what we do in the classroom, but also to produce teaching materials and activities which really target the language our learners need.

Day Two

09:00 – 10:30

Authentic ity

Authenticity has long been a part of ESP, but opinions differ as to what it means and how we can best bring it into the classroom. In this session we will examine different ways of thinking about authenticity (eg situational, interactional, authentic materials), and then look at techniques for exploiting authentic materials and designing authentic role-plays and simulations.

11:00 - 12:30

Intercult ural communi cation

Every time our learners use English they do so in an intercultural communication context. After looking at the difference between cross cultural and intercultural communication we will examine how culture (eg national, corporate, professional) influences the way people communicate, and consider activities which we can use to help our learners develop appropriate strategies for dealing with it in their workplace. We will also briefly look at impression management and identity theory.

14:00 – 15:30

Persuadin g the client

Many teachers and trainers need to be able to persuade their clients that training is worthwhile. In this session we will look at techniques we can use to help us win these arguments, including methods of cost benefit analysis, calculating ROI, and evaluating training.

16:00 – 17:30

Feedback and discussio n

This final session is open, and will focus on further discussion and consolidation of issues and techniques which have arisen during the course. 


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